Our Mission

We help restaurants, bakeries and businesses in the food sector realize the full potential from their data. At the same time, we drive process optimization and automation in the digital realm – with a tool that offers everything from a single source.

In this way, we help restaurants become more efficient, use resources more sparingly, and create more time for the essentials.

Our story

It all started with a sold-out veggie menu in the canteen – whereupon our founder wondered why forecasts were made for the weather and electricity, but not for the number of guests in the catering industry. Since 2016, we’ve been researching Artificial Intelligence to help restaurants produce as many menus as needed to reduce food waste; while optimally scheduling their staff so there’s no waiting time or unnecessarily high labor costs.

The idea of Prognolite, a forecasting tool for the restaurant industry, was born. Together with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), a sophisticated, self-learning algorithm was then developed. Based on cash register data and various factors such as weather, holidays and trends, this algorithm predicts what the sales trend will be – and how staff planning and production can be optimally implemented accordingly.

Through countless conversations with experts and restaurateurs from the industry, we realized over the years that there was a great need for broader support in the digital area. So we iteratively expanded our tool with additional functions (and still do). This is how our AI planning tool was born, which now supports not only restaurants but also companies in the entire food sector in their planning.

The Team

Roman Lickel

Boss & Emperor of Tech-Land

Roman is one of the co-founders of Prognolite and a full-stack developer with more than 15 years of professional experience at various companies. Besides numerous own projects, he worked in an ERP company and a web agency. He is responsible for optimizing the app, developing new features and POS integrations.

Dominique Vienne

Sponge Bob of APIs

Dominique, is working as a software engineer in the web industry for more than 20 years. He is the behind the scenes magician who will provide the right data models and APIs to our front-end developers and customers. He works hard on making everything squared, stable and sure in order to put our projects on the rails to success.

Huriel Reichel

Puzzle Solving Jedi

Huriel is a data scientist especially passionate about spatio-temporal problems. His wide experiences go from statistical modelling to deep learning applied to very different contexts. He is engaged in developing predictive models to extract more and better insights from data and, therefore, take more accurate decisions based on them.

Nico Schefer

Co-CEO and Master of Customer WOW

Nico is a restaurant manager with 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Through his education as a chef and at the Belvoirpark Hotel School, he brings a wide network of potential customers and stakeholders. Nico is responsible for product development and implementation, sales and customer success.

Endrit Shkodra

Front End Magician

Endrit is a software developer with 7 years of experience in various industries and development teams, in some of which he has been a leader in. These included projects in transportation, finance, medical, education and hospitality. An Allrounder with many talents that is currently focusing on .NET Core and Angular helping restaurant mangers access the data they need.

Drilon Spahiu

Lagerfeld of UX / UI

Drilon is a UX/UI designer with more than 7 years of experience in the design industry. He approaches projects and challenges with a usability-focused mindset, keeping things simple and understandable. Drilon is responsible for delivering pixel perfect prototypes and solutions to complex problems that enables a seemless user experience.

Jennifer Kraus

Head of Handshakes

Jennifer is a business development manager with more than 8 years of experience in business development and strategic partnerships. Besides the BD at CPM Germany, she was responsible for the Trade Marketing department at Limppano in Rio de Janeiro. She supports us in our expansion and internationalization.

Francisco Verdasca

Pope of Frond End

Our international team is extended by Francisco, who together with Endrit takes care of the great look and feel of our software. Born in Portugal, Francisco came to Front End via architecture and has also worked as a tester. With fresh ideas, the will to develop new things, his tester skills and full commitment Francisco tackles new projects at Prognolite.

Bernardo da Cruz

Algorithm Sommelier

Bernardo is a Data Scientist with a particular passion for natural language processing. His experience ranges from statistical modeling to machine learning. With fresh ideas and an eye for the big picture, Bernardo likes to approach projects that make life greener and better in the hospitality industry and help improve our AI constantly.